Ultrasound Technologist

By: Betsy Walker

What is it?

An ultrasound technologist uses sound waves to create diagnostic images of a patient's body, such as to see a pregnant woman's baby.

Skills Needed

Basic Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring

Transferable Skills:

  • Operating medical diagnostic materials
  • Collecting & recording medical information
  • Observing & analyzing physical problems
  • Preparing case reports
  • Working as a member of a health services team


National Earnings:

  • Salary Range: $45,840-$92,070
  • Ave. Annual Wage: $67,170

North Carolina Earnings:

  • Salary Range: $49,640-$78,460
  • Ave. Annual Wage: $63,260

Education Needed


Bachelor or Associate's Degree in Sonography
  • Course usually covers: anatomy, physiology, medical ethics, physics, patient care

Where They Work

Ultrasound technologists can work in hospitals, physician's offices, medical labs, or diagnostic labs

Places that currently need Ultrasound Technicians in North Carolina:
  • WakeMed
  • Lenoir Memorial Hospital
  • Haywood Regional Medical Center

Ultrasound Technologists look at multiple parts of the body: